Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Saints and Sinners 

The leader of an archaeological dig is found buried alive following the discovery of a Saint's bones in the village of Midsomer Cicely.


Renny Rye


Lisa Holdsworth (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Manjinder Virk ... Dr Kam Karimore
Jonathan Aris ... Alex Dyer
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Bartholomew Hines
Stefano Braschi ... Dexter Ingram
Aden Gillett ... Christopher Corby
Ralf Little ... Jared Horton
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Hannah Dewsbrough
Edward MacLiam ... Noah Sawney (as Edward Macliam)
Pippa Nixon ... Rhiannon Sawney
Julia Sawalha ... Penny Henderson
Ruth Sheen ... Valerie Horton
Malcolm Sinclair ... Rev Peter Corby


When Zoe Dyer, leader of an archaeological dig to find the remains of St Cicely Milson, is murdered her colleague Penny Henderson suggests that she disturbed robbers after supposed treasure but Barnaby finds resistance to the project by locals who claim they already have the saint's relics on display in vicar Peter Corby's church. The one exception is Peter's brother Christopher who regards his brother 's claim to be false and encourages the dig, falling out with Zoe's husband Alex, whom he accuses of exploiting the situation. Two victims later Barnaby discovers instances of fraud, extra-marital affairs and false identity before he solves the case, differentiating between saints and sinners. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Aden Gillett plays Christopher Corby in this episode. He previously played the role of Ian Kent in episode 13.4, Midsomer Murders: The Silent Land (2010). See more »


The first murder victim is killed by being buried alive under a large amount of dirt and soil in a hole at an archaeological dig. However, when her body is shown on the mortuary slab, a close-up of her hair shows it is perfectly clean. See more »


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Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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At the archaeological dig with 'Midsomer Murders'
21 May 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When in its prime (a vast majority of Seasons 1-9), 'Midsomer Murders' was a great show and one that is watched and re-watched frequently. Seasons 10-13 became more uneven, with three of the show's worst episodes coming from Seasons 11 and 13, but there were a few solid episodes and "Blood Wedding" and especially "Master Class" were gems.

After John Nettles retired and Neil Dudgeon and the new character of John Barnaby took over, 'Midsomer Murders' just hasn't been the same on the most part. Season 14 was a disappointment outside of "The Oblong Murders" and "A Sacred Trust", with "Echoes of the Dead" and "The Night of the Stag" being show low-points. Season 15 was inconsistent, being a case of starting promisingly and then took a three-episodes-in-a-row strange turn with "Written in the Stars" before finishing on a good note. Season 16 was mostly good, especially "Wild Harvest", with the only disappointment being "Let Us Prey". Season 17 was a mixed, with the first two episodes being watchable but uneven and the other two, particularly "A Vintage Murder", faring better.

Most of Season 18, from personal opinion, was rather unimpressive (apart from the surprisingly good "A Dying Art"), and this is including "Saints and Sinners", to me one of the season's weaker episodes. Usually am on the same page when it comes to the general consensus of individual 'Midsomer Murders' episodes, but there have been exceptions and sad to say "Saints and Sinners" is one of them.

It is certainly not without merits, even the worst 'Midsomer Murders' episodes have redeeming qualities (though embarrassments like "Blood on the Saddle", "Night of the Stag", "Echoes of the Dead" and "Second Sight" came very close to not).

Production values cannot be faulted as usual. It's beautifully and atmospherically shot with suitably picturesque scenery. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the haunting theme tune is one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre. The murders are pretty fun and the characters are not too pantomimic or bland in general. The story has its intriguing elements.

Cast is very good, Neil Dudgeon doesn't look stiff or sleepwalk through Barnaby and Gwilym Lee continues to have a likable charisma. The supporting cast are very strong, Julia Sawallha and Malcolm Sinclair being the standouts.

However Still not a fan of Kam at all, she has little personality and continues to be a condescending know-it-all and not exactly professional. Nelson is despite the likable presence of Lee has bland material this time round and takes too much of a back-seat.

"Saints and Sinners" story is let down by two things. It does have some real credibility-straining stretches, particularly with the whole stuff about the "protestant martyr". The ending was a let-down, the late reveal of the killer and their motives didn't work and instead felt rushed as a result as cramming in too much information in a short time, confused and like an afterthought. It's pretty bland at times, with an over-familiarity of some of the situations and twists, some of which having been done before in earlier episodes and done with much more spark. Clues are very little and begs one to wonder how it's figured out and tied together.

Scripting has been better balanced before, one misses the gentle humour of 'Midsomer Murders' in its prime and wishes that it wouldn't take itself too seriously so often.

All in all, okay episode but lacking. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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